New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, March 17, 1996 J7 ASports Day
By THOMAS GODLEY
The New Braunfels Unicorns came out of seven-game slump by taking two wins in three games on Friday and Saturday at the Belton High School Baseball Tournament.
“It’s nice to get back on the winning track,” said New Braunfels coach Neal Miller. “We needed a few good games to get our confidence back.”
After falling to Granbury 9-3 in the first round, the Unicorns came back to beat Copperas Cove 7-5. Copperas Cove led 5-1 in the sixth inning when New Braunfels mounted a two-out, six-run rally to take the lead. Sophomore Josh Salge earned the win.
In the third game on Saturday, pitcher Aaron Moore hurled a shutout over Brownwood as the Unicorns exploded on offense in a 10-0 victory. Shannon Thayer and Grant Hill made the all-tournament team.
The Unicorns collected eight hits in each win. Ruben Perez led the way against Brownwood, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Chad Wehe had a double with bases loaded in the third inning.
Also at the tournament, the Canyon Cougars beat Temple in the opening round 7-4, then lost to Killeen in the second round to set up a game with Granbury on Saturday for third place.
The Unicorns play in an alumni game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at NBHS. Canyon takes on Austin Reagan on Monday at 6 p.m. in Austin.
Herald-Zeitung pohoto by MICHAEL DARNALL
Smithson Valley’s Dust! Daniel beats the throw and makes it safely to third base. The Rangers jumped out to a 5-0 lead and coasted to a 16-5 win over Bastrop on Friday at Ranger Field. The Rangers are 7-6 overall and 1-2 in District 28-4A. Jordan Hickl hit a 2-run homer in the sixth inning to highlight a seven-run rally. In other action, the Canyon Cougarettes improved to 12-7 overall and 2-1 in district with a 7-4 win over Hays in Buda on Friday. Canyon next plays Lockhart on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lockhart The Rangers take on Hays at 3 p.m. at Smithson Valley.
From staff reports
’7iv; members of the Canyon Cougars varsity ,x) KC .ifting team competing at the regional meet Lo; .Fresnos on Saturday qualified for state. John Flores, Robert Blankenbeker, Orlando Mesa, Kurtiss Schmidt and Mike Broaddus earned a place at the state meet on March 29-30 at the University of Houston.
Canyon took third place in the team competition with 27 points, coming in just behind Rio Grande's 28 and Tuloso Midway’s 30.
In the 198-pound weight division, Flores took first place by lifting a total of 1,355 pound in the bench, squat and deadlift events at regionals. It was Flore's personal best lift.
Blankenbeker was also first with a lift of 1,270 in the 181 -pound class.
Mesa, Schmidt and Broaddus each earned third place titles. Mesa lifted 1,250 in the 198 class. Schmidt lifted 920 in the 132 class. And Broaddus got 1,300 in the 220 class.
Taking fourth place was Dustin Maxwell who came away with 1,305 in the 275 class. Mark Noble was fifth in the 181-class, lifting 1,100. Kevin Self lifted 1,210 in the 198 class for fifth place. Jason Hunt took sixth in the 114 class, with a total of 670.
CHS coach Dan Burk said the team capped a dominant season
“I’m real pleased with the way the kids gave an outstanding effort,” Burk said. “They’ve worked hard all season to get to make it to this point. They are going to give it their best at state.”
Las Vegas could be in cards for Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros, whose spring-training lease in Florida expires this month, are considering Las Vegas and three other sites for the future, owner Drayton McLane says.
The Astros have trained in Kissimmee, Fla., for 13 years, but their lease on Osceola County Stadium expires at the end of this month.
McLane is reluctant to commit lo a long4c«m deal in Kissimmee, where the
Astros' Class A affiliate plays, because he wonders if sagging spring attendance will always be a problem.
“The park is in a bad location,” McLane told the Houston Chronicle. "It's on the wrong side of town, away from where all the action is.”
Osceola County officials aren’t so sure they want the Astros, either.
They’re currently in negotiations with the Baltimore Onoles and would rather have a northern or eastern team because
that would draw more out-of-town visitors looking for a warm-weather vacation.
McLane said Kissimmee remains a possibility, but he’s considering three other spring-training sites, including Las Vegas.
The other possibilities are Tucson, Ariz., home to the Astros’ Class AAA affiliate; and Jupiter, Fla., where the Astros would share a facility with the Montreal Expos.
“We’re still trying to get something done with Osceola,” he said.
McLane has a major obstacle to overcome if he wants the team to train in Las Vegas.
The Astros would need two or three other teams to join them there in order to make it to Vegas.
The desert city is too far from baseball’s Arizona training camps to make training there feasible without some nearby competition.
■ PATERSON, N J. (AP) — Superior Court Judge Amos Saunders wants Lennox Lewis lo have his shot at the WBC heavyweight title and indicated he’ll keep Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno out of the ring if that’s what it takes.
Saunders on Friday refused to strip tonight’s title fight between Tyson and Bruno in Las Vegas of its World Boxing Council sanction but did issue an order prohibiting further fighting by the boxers.
"What this court does not want is the winner to go out and sign a contract with someone else” to fight, Saunders said.
Lewis had sought a court order backing him as first in line for the WBC heavyweight championship, saying he earned it by defeating Lionel Butler in a WBC-ordered elimination boul last May.
However, the WBC made Tyson the lop contender alter his release from prison last March, which under its rules made him the mandatory challenger for the title.
While not trying to block tonight’s
fight, Lewis had sought in a hearing Friday to force the WBC to drop its sanction of the event, preserving his right to fight Bruno.
■ SEATTLE (AP) — Playing without All-Star guard Gary Payton didn’t slow down the the Seattle Supersonics.
The Dallas Mavencks lost Jason Kidd for seven minutes and nearly panicked in a 120-97 loss Friday night to the Sonics, who handed the Mavencks their sixth straight loss.
“We’re not at full strength, so we need a lot of different guys to come through,” Sam Perkins said.
Eric Snow, a rookie from Michigan State, came through. He had 13 assists in his first NBA start and held Kidd to 14 points. Payton served a one-game suspension for a head-butting incident Wednesday.
With Payton and his 19.3 points per game out, Perkins and David Wingate picked up the offense, scoring season-highs of 26 and 18 points, respectively.
Sonics coach George Karl was pleased by his team’s performance against the up-and-down Mavs. Dallas and Indiana are the only teams to beat the Sonics twice this season.
“Snow and Wingate played great for us,” Karl said. "Sam was in the best 3-point shooting groove I’ve seen him in for a long time.”
■ TORONTO (AP) — The Dallas Stars are caught in a bad streak of running into teams on emotional highs.
Last Monday, they played the last game ever at the Montreal Forum, dropping a 4-1 decision to the inspired Cana-diens.
On Friday nighL Wended Clark, one of the most popular players in Maple Leafs history, returned to lead Toronto to a 3-0 victory over Dallas.
“I’m sure something is going to happen in Washington,” Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig said. "That’s where we’re going next and the president will probably be at the game or something.
“It seems like everywhere we go there’s a little celebration going on.”
Dallas’ third straight loss left them at 22-34-12, still seven points behind Winnipeg for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.
The Stars’ drive for a playoff spot in the final weeks of the season has stalled. Coach Ken Hitchcock said his players should rise above the distractions.
Penn State’s Rene Portland found herself coaching more than just her team in the NCAA West Regional. She also had to work the crowd.
Playing at home, second-seeded Penn State led No. 15 seed Youngstown State 50-49 with 15:10 left in Friday night’s first-round game. That’s when Portland sprung into action, exhorting the crowd to get involved as she sent her team back onto the floor after a timeout. Portland worked up quite a sweat in the process.
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